Mostly we create because we want to.
But sometimes we create because we need to.
‘bor(r)o(w)’ is a collection that has been explored through necessity. The raw simplicity of each piece is a discovery of the beauty of mending, resting on the foundations the Japanese textile artform, and namesake, ‘Boro’.
The idea of extending the life of an object transcends cultures – patching, stitching, piecing and bringing together borrowed bits may have different names (Kantha in South Asia, Sashiko in Northern Japan) but the intent to preserve beauty remains timeless.
From dresses to outerwear, every garment has been crafted with borrowed stories that map the memory of unused fabric passed down from previous collections. This memory, so unique to each piece, would otherwise go undocumented. Just as our minds choose to remember narratives and recreate the boundaries of reality, every garment ‘borrows’ from earlier pieces and collections but now has its own imprints and a special tale to tell.
In a time when there is no room for even a single scrap of fabric to go to waste, this range of textile interpretations is a rapid shift in our state of consciousness. Motifs are freely formed, not created. Patterns are discovered, not set.
The combination of simple running stitches and Medium’s iconic dying techniques lead to playful silhouettes and unpredictable combinations. A bor(r)o(w) piece is a thing of rarity – preserved imperfections pieced together to create something exquisitely valuable.
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